Lakeland Digest: EAA at Sun 'n Fun 2009
April 23, 2009 — The Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, is living up to its name this week, with a bright blue sky and sunshine…and lots of aviation fun. Members of EAA's Publications and Photo staffs have been covering the field to find interesting content for upcoming magazines, e-newsletters, and web reports. Here's a quick update on some of what they've found new and interesting.
Jeppesen Online Sport Pilot Training Course
Kitfox Super Sport
Dynon Autopilot System
Dynon's unique pitot-static/AOA probe
Jeppesen Announces Online Sport Pilot Training Course
Jeppesen announced an addition to its online training course offerings designed specifically for new pilots seeking a sport pilot certificate. The course will be available for purchase beginning in mid-May. The company worked closely with Gobosh Aviation and Flight Design USA to develop the online curriculum that teaches students through a mix of interactive graphics, video clips, and audio. The program also includes practice tests with sample questions from the FAA test bank. Instructors are also able to log in to the course and track the student's progress as well as print out lesson plans and syllabi. An online private pilot course was also released earlier this year. For more information visit www.Jeppesen.com/online44.
New Kitfox S-LSA Introduced
Kitfox Aircraft of Homedale, Idaho, introduced its entry into the light-sport aircraft market, the Kitfox Super Sport at a base price of $83,495 with a Rotax 912S engine. John McBean, president of Kitfox Aircraft, which is celebrating 25 years in business this year, said the aircraft cruises at about 122 mph and has an empty weight of 789 pounds. www.KitfoxAircraft.com
Dynon Showcases New Autopilot System
Dynon Avionics is showcasing its new autopilot system. Released in 2008, a typical installation requires two servos, a free software upgrade to an existing Dynon EFIS and some mounting brackets. Special kits for the RV line of aircraft are also available. When installed, the autopilot provides wing-leveler and altitude hold (a yaw damping third axis is under development).
The upgraded EFIS also includes two single-button safety functions, one that brings an aircraft to straight and level flight; the other performs a standard rate 180-degree turn with altitude hold to reverse course, for instance when an aircraft inadvertently enters a cloud/fog.
Dynon also showed its Next Generation Technology in two different sizes. The Next Gen allows the display of all navigation, six-pack flight instruments, EMD data, and synthetic vision. All EFIS products from Dynon include an angle-of-attack indicator coupled to the company's unique pitot-static/AOA probe. www.Dynon.com
EPIC Introduces 3 New Aircraft
Best known for its high-performance homebuilt turboprops and jets, Bend, Oregon-based EPIC Aircraft announced the development of three new aircraft designs, introducing models of the aircraft. The Focus is a two-seat carbon fiber aircraft that will be offered as a factory-built S-LSA airplane, or an experimental category product with fixed or retractable gears. A high-powered RS version for Sportsman racing based on the same airframe is also offered. EPIC announced a new 4-seat airplane aimed at the Bonanza-class market, the Polar, as well as a 6-seat twin-class in three versions called the Escape, Dynasty, and Elegance. As with other EPIC designs, the Focus, Polar, and twin engine models will be offered as kits and make heavy use of advanced carbon-fiber components. www.epicaircraft.com
Remos GX on the line at Florida Institute of Technology
FIT Aviation, a division of the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), will place the Remos GX on its training line later this year. As many as 11 Remos GX aircraft may be added to FIT's 40-aircraft fleet to provide primary training for FIT students as well as offer time building opportunities to those training in FIT's professional pilot training program. www.fit.edu, www.fitaviation.com.